Sea Change

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Sea Change, mixed media, 18×24″, 2010.

This combination of painting, collage, and drawing came about as a result of a weird dream I had where this woman was sailing away on a Viking ship.  I added in surreal details to add to the dream-like idea.  It recently found a new home, in a friend’s new home.

 

Garbage Landscape

Garbage Landscape, 12 x 16″, mixed media, 2019.

 

Pretty self-explanatory image.  The clouds are tissue paper with paint thickly applied.  The ground is corrugated cardboard with the top layer peeled off, and painted.

Ayeka?

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Ayeka, Mixed media, 9 x 12″, 2019.

Ayeka? Where are you?

The inspiration for the artwork comes from various things- my love for all things science and the art of diagrams, for one. The idea of skin and a barrier to outside forces, and a sermon on Ayeka, delivered via video conferencing, due to a howling blizzard of a day in Iowa.

Tropical Cat

Tropical Cat, Mixed Media – collage, Gelli printing, ink drawing, watercolor, 2018.

 

I have gotten so far behind on documenting completed artworks – there will be a spree of posts coming up.  This one I completed when I was in Boston last summer for the TAB (Teaching Artistic Behaviors) art teacher grad class extraordinary week of learning and art making.  They had the most glorious studio set up for us art teachers to use.  This cat was inspired by my daughter’s love of cats and making them in her own art.  I also have lived with my fair share of lovely gray cats in my life.

Mona

Mona, Collage, watercolor, marker, color pencil, 2019.

I started this Mona Lisa homage years ago, as a magazine face collaged on to a black marker drawing. At that time, I was sorely missing the coastal parts of North Carolina, which had been our home state for eight years.

I just rediscovered this unfinished piece in my studio, and added the watercolor and color pencil this week.

Postcard Project Day 1

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I have a looming art deadline – a show with my dad in August (more on that later). However, before I can make any art, I need to clear a physical and mental space for it.  Just coming out of two years of work on my master’s degree has left me with scarcely any free time for artmaking.  My space and mind are both cluttered with too many unfinished projects, false starts, and painfully atrocious (to me) ideas.

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So, today, I tried to clear some of the physical clutter.  That was going well until I found a 3-inch thick stack of purchased and not yet sent postcards from all around the world.

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I sat down and wrote five of them to friends and family.  As I was doing this, I realized I might be on to something as a means to make something, work on some false starts, and hold myself accountable.

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Day 1 Postcard Project. Collage on paper, watercolor, pen and ink, washi tape.  2018.

My goal is to make these small artworks and send them off to friends and family, near and far, this summer.  They can be my warm-ups, thoughts of the day, use-it-up-scraps artwork and a way to keep myself moving onward, always.  I won’t tell you how I choose who to send one to next, or even who they are for.  However, if you want in on this, you might want to make sure I have your current address!

New Artwork

I finally finished an artwork that I made for a coworker’s nursery.  She sent me some color requests – pinks and grays, 2 quotes she liked and a general idea for the artworks.  I got to work, slowly, much more slowly than normal.  But, hey, it was a busy spring for me.

The quotes are printed and then collaged onto the canvas. I sealed the collaged areas in my favorite collage material – gloss gel medium.

The flowers are also collage, done from painted pages from an old dictionary.

I used a palette knife to rough up and wrinkle the collaged words, for a more aged effect.

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The flowers were inspired by some of favorite and currently blooming flowers – peonies.  This huge, pink beauty of a bloom was picked from my backyard earlier this week.

I started with watercolor paint for subtle all-over color.  Then, switched to thinned tempera paint for the bolder magenta hues.

During this project, I actually ran out of white acrylic paint – the first time in forever!  A good problem to have – it means I am actually creating something.

 

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My pile of scraps and old credit card that I use to ensure a smooth adhesion to the canvas.  This pile of cut petals and printed scraps was a goldmine for my daughter’s budding creative mind.

“Can I make something out of this pile, Mommy?”  she squealed with delight.

“Of course, you can!  What do you want to do with them?” I asked her.

“You’ll see,” she replied with a grin.

She set to work, glue stick in hand – gluing, tearing, cutting, and arranging.  She set up her paint space and requested her paint colors.  I was amazed at the care and time she vested in her painting.  She was so proud of her careful brushstrokes and the fact that she did not get any paint on anything other than her paper.

Her finished masterpiece. We will be doing much more of this kind of collaborative work in the next few weeks, now that school is officially out for me.